IP and Perform Release/Renew in the Command Prompt
All versions of Windows allow you to use the command prompt
(also known by some as the DOS window) to verify the ip address,
and to perform release/renew functions. Some users prefer
this method, considering more reliable than the graphical based
methods. We will be concerned with using the command prompt
in Win 2000 and XP only, as winipcfg is the primary method of
ip verification in Win 9x/ME.
Note: Command prompt ip verification
is the only way to check the ip address in Win 2000. The
commands are the same for both 2000 and XP.
- This holds for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows
- Go to Start > Run. Type "cmd"
(short for "command") into the Run window.
- The Command Prompt window will open. Commands will all be typed
at a command prompt.
- To check the IP address, type, "ipconfig".
- To check the IP address, along with the hardware address,
and advanced info, type, "ipconfig/all".
- To release the current IP address, type, "ipconfig
- To renew the IP address, type, "ipconfig/renew".
- The response you will be presented with to the commands you enter
will vary depending on the system you use.
- In Win XP, if the connection is bad, you may receive all zero's
for an IP, you may receive no IP information, or you may receive